Planning a “green” garden

Planning a “green” garden

June 23, 2022

Gardening, in and of itself, is a green practice, but there’s a lot you can do to maximize your garden’s eco-friendliness. Here are three ways to make your garden even greener: Minimize grass. Lawns take a tremendous amount of water to maintain — not to mention the gas or electricity it takes to keep them …

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E-waste recycling

E-waste recycling

May 17, 2022

E-waste, the no-longer-functional or obsolete electronic device that’s disposed of, includes electronic equipment and appliances — from toasters and gaming devices, to washing machines and solar panels — and everything in between. E-waste is considered a separate category of refuse in the landfill. It’s different than trash, or the glass, plastics and paper that are …

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Solar options when remodeling

Solar options when remodeling

April 26, 2022

Why not include some environmentally friendly elements in your home remodeling project? Solar panels can help you save energy and money. Some options for going solar include: Monocrystalline panels. They offer the highest efficiency, converting 20 percent of the sunshine they collect into usable energy. Each panel can generate 300-400 watts of power. In addition, …

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Spring clean your wardrobe with green in mind

Spring clean your wardrobe with green in mind

March 21, 2022

Spring cleaning can mean a thorough scrubbing and major freshening up around your home. It can also mean a significant cleanup that doesn’t involve cleansers or sponges: decluttering your wardrobe. When it’s time to clear away what you no longer wear, consider other uses for your items so you can extend their useful life.  Swap …

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Go paperless

Go paperless

February 15, 2022

Trees absorb carbon dioxide. Processing one tree into 17 reams of paper releases 110 pounds of C02 into the atmosphere. Here are 15 actions you can take toward going paperless, to lessen the need to sacrifice trees: 1.         Recycle unneeded paper. 2.         Opt into paperless billing; pay online. 3.         Have receipts emailed rather than printed. …

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3 green goals for your house

3 green goals for your house

January 18, 2022

Goals motivate us. Consider implementing these three to make eco-smart decisions around the house. 1. Have an energy audit. This is a professional assessment of your home’s energy usage, often conducted by utility companies at little or no charge. It shows where the most energy is used and where it’s wasted. Use this information to …

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Celebrate the green way

Celebrate the green way

December 15, 2021

The holidays are a time for lighthearted fun. With the exception of decorating with festive green pine trees and boughs, though, you may not think of celebrating in ways that are green for the sake of the environment. The good news is that you can enjoy eco-friendly holidays — without sacrificing the spirit of the …

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Green your holidays

Green your holidays

November 23, 2021

Holidays are a celebratory time; it’s hard to deny ourselves of practices that put us in a festive mood. But if we’re serious about saving our planet, we should reevaluate some traditions in favor of greener solutions. Celebrate a more eco-friendly holiday with these tips: Cut back on holiday lighting. Consider using fewer lights overall. …

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Scam prevention tips for holiday shopping

Scam prevention tips for holiday shopping

November 23, 2021

It’s that time of year again. After a year-and-a-half of lockdowns and quarantining, it’s expected to be a record year for online holiday sales. But shoppers aren’t the only ones gearing up for the shopping blitz; sadly the fraudsters and scammers will be out in full force, too. While your attention is turned to buying …

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Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric & Electric Vehicle Loans

Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric & Electric Vehicle Loans

October 20, 2021

More than 260 million vehicles consume millions of barrels of petroleum every day in the United States. On-road passenger travel alone accounts for more than 2.6 trillion vehicle miles traveled each year. Vehicle emissions can be divided into two general categories: air pollutants, which contribute to smog, haze, and health problems; and greenhouse gases (GHGs), …

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Going Green in the Workplace

Going Green in the Workplace

October 20, 2021

Workplaces can do their part in being kind to the environment. Some practices a business can easily adopt to make a positive environmental impact include: Avoid single-use items like paper plates and paper towels. If you must use them, compost them. Be vigilant about energy and water use. Turn off unnecessary lights and equipment. Use …

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Composting at Home

Composting at Home

July 19, 2021

Compost is the byproduct of food scraps and plant wastes as they decompose. Food and plants are organic materials that comprise upwards of 30 percent of what is discarded. Rather than taking up space in the landfill and releasing methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas, these waste items can be turned into compost to enrich soil …

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Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic Waste Recycling

May 12, 2021

Trash generated from broken, obsolete, and surplus electronic devices is defined as hazardous electronic waste, or e-waste. It’s important to never throw e-waste into the trash; these materials are especially important to recycle. Here’s why: They have a short useful life. Because of this, there are a lot of electronics piling up in landfills. When …

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A Starting Point for Renewable Energy for Your Home

A Starting Point for Renewable Energy for Your Home

April 20, 2021

Are you ready for clean, renewable, affordable energy? If you’re investigating solutions toward sustainability, it’s logical to consider the most popular, widely used and readily implementable first. The renewable energy solutions for home that fit all these criteria are solar, wind and hydro power. Solar – Panels installed on the home convert sun into energy. …

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Make a Point to Go Paperless

Make a Point to Go Paperless

February 8, 2021

Going paperless helps our planet. Trees are needed to make paper, but they also absorb carbon dioxide, which helps to slow climate change. Also, paper production releases toxins which contribute to acid rain and greenhouse gases. Reducing the amount of paper consumed should be a priority for the sake of Mother Earth. Some suggestions on …

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Ready, Set, Go Green in 2021!

Ready, Set, Go Green in 2021!

January 19, 2021

A new calendar year is an opportune time to start new eco-friendly habits. Let’s resolve to go greener in 2021! Be a more responsible resident of the planet as you kick off the new year: subscribe to paperless billing and statements switch to online newspapers and magazines pay bills online ditch the plastic water bottles …

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Dress to Impress the Planet

Dress to Impress the Planet

December 15, 2020

Many people give plenty of attention to their clothes, yet precious little to what goes into fashion. Consider the natural resources consumed in the growing, production and distribution of textiles. Fortunately for the environment, in recent years there has been a surge in green fashion – clothing made from sustainable materials in environmentally friendly ways. …

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Worn but Not Worn Out

Worn but Not Worn Out

November 23, 2020

T-shirts – you have them everywhere! You wear your favorites frequently, but what about the rest? You’ve got a pile of them that have been outgrown, a bag of them that seem to have multiplied in your closet, a box of “special” ones that are more like souvenirs and a drawer of ones that are …

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Supporting Students & Reusing a Resource

Supporting Students & Reusing a Resource

November 5, 2020

As COVID-19 required widespread school closures and distance learning for Colorado students in 2020, a digital divide became a chasm. An estimated 54,000 young people across the state lacked an appropriate device or internet access to participate in online learning. In response to this critical need for computers to enable student learning, Alpine Bank joined …

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Cultivating Community through Sustainable Agriculture

Cultivating Community through Sustainable Agriculture

November 5, 2020

Alpine Bank Boulder employees love working in their “green” LEED Gold-certified building. They also welcome the chance to get outside and get their hands dirty volunteering at Growing Gardens whenever they can. Growing Gardens is a remarkable nonprofit organization that has brought sustainable agriculture education and food donations to over 136,000 Boulder County residents over …

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The Grand Junction Tower Uses Less Power

The Grand Junction Tower Uses Less Power

November 5, 2020

One of the guiding principles of Alpine Bank’s Green Team is a commitment to continuous improvement of the bank’s environmental practices. This commitment lives large in the Tower, Alpine’s flagship building, which dominates the downtown Grand Junction skyline. As part of maintaining its certification to the globally recognized ISO 14001 standard for environmental management, Alpine …

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When Investing in a Greener Earth

When Investing in a Greener Earth

September 16, 2020

Donating your hard-earned “green” to help make the world greener is a noble action. When you give your dollars to a charity, you want to make certain that they go as far as possible to benefit the cause you support. Charity Navigator can be a helpful information source. According to their website, CharityNavigator.org can guide …

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LEED Means Green

LEED Means Green

January 22, 2020

Green building encompasses using fewer resources, a reduction in energy and waste, and fewer environmental impacts. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that is the most widely used around the world. LEED was established in 1994 and operates under the nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders known …

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Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

December 16, 2019

With the federal tax credit for installing solar panels decreasing at the end of 2019, many homeowners are trying to figure out if installing a solar power system for a home is worth it. Here are the top three items to consider:  Find a solar power system cost calculator online that can compare the expense …

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Energy-efficient Windows

Energy-efficient Windows

October 10, 2019

A home’s windows serve many purposes, and one of the most important is the energy-efficiency they offer. Heating and cooling costs can go right out the window when you’re not paying attention. While replacing windows may offer the biggest improvement in efficiency, it’s not always feasible due to the high cost involved. Here are two …

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Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

August 15, 2019

Each type of kitchen countertop has its pluses and minuses; when looking for eco-friendly countertops, there are a wide variety of options and prices. What makes a countertop “green”? Green kitchen countertops are made through an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, use recycled or sustainable resources, and may be produced locally which reduces transportation. A countertop …

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Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

July 16, 2019

Eco-friendly flooring options are affordable, stylish and durable. Here are the top six factors to consider when selecting eco-friendly flooring: Indoor pollution Maintenance Life cycle Distance to transport material to location it is being installed Is it renewable? Is it recyclable? How did harvesting the material affect the environment? Cork, bamboo, hardwood, natural stone and …

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Go Green at Home

Go Green at Home

April 24, 2019

Recycling around the home goes far beyond the weekly recycling bin pick up. There are many ways to “go green” and do even more earth-friendly practices around your home outside of the normal plastic, aluminum and glass recycling. Let’s look at a few different ways to reuse, recycle, repurpose and upcycle around the home. Books- …

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Calculate your Carbon Footprint

Calculate your Carbon Footprint

February 20, 2019

A carbon footprint is based on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that a person contributes to the environment each year. This is calculated from how many miles you drive on an annual basis to your electricity usage and various other factors. There are a wide variety of websites that offer useful emission calculators to …

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Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning

December 6, 2018

The basic idea for being green when you clean is to be environmentally friendly and have less of an effect on human health than with traditional cleaning products. Using green-cleaning products and natural cleaners offer a safe and non-toxic way to clean your home. From cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, windows and more, green cleaning uses …

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Energy Saving Tips: Water Heaters

Energy Saving Tips: Water Heaters

November 19, 2018

Energy-efficient water heaters save not only energy, they save money too. There are different types water heaters, ranging from tankless/on-demand water heaters to conventional ones that encompass an insulated storage tank. Even solar-powered models are available. Here are four quick tips for saving energy with your home’s water heater: Evaluate the best fuel type and …

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

July 20, 2018

Only wash full loads of laundry. For front-load washers, a whole load is when the drum is 75-percent full of clothes.  Use cold water instead of hot or warm water. ENERGY STAR estimates that heating water uses 90 percent of the energy used when doing a load of laundry.  Remove lint from the dryer lint …

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Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

May 1, 2018

Shred any unwanted documents with personal information & recycle: Tax documents (7 years or older) Old Bank Statements Old Medical Records Canceled or Blank Checks Credit Card Statements Personal Bills Alpine Bank is hosting free community shred days in 14 locations across Colorado during 2018. Additional information: Staples & paperclips do not need to be …

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Traveling This Summer?

Traveling This Summer?

January 30, 2018

Avoid ATM fees coast to coast! As an Alpine Bank customer, you have access to 43,000 surcharge-free Allpoint Network® ATMs.* You can find one nearby at alpinebank.com or on the Allpoint app. If you’re traveling out of state, please keep us in the loop for worry-free travel. To call in a travel notification and help …

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